Monday, January 20, 2020

Review of "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: My Best Friend’s Squirrel," by Ryan North

Review of

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: My Best Friend’s Squirrel, by Ryan North, ISBN 9781302910761

Four out of five stars

 This graphic novel is clearly written for a female audience, while there are creatures with superpowers, there is almost nothing of the “Bam” and “Kablam” type of action. This is best illustrated on the page where the Silver Surfer like character is going to punch the confessed scam artists and she is talked out of it in a lengthy “violence will beget violence” argument.

 Comic book veterans will be surprised at the reference to the mighty planet-eater Galactus being dissuaded by a conversation with a squirrel. “How Galactus seemed to defer to the squirrel and her pet human, returned them home unharmed, and at the end even gave them a present?” This is certainly not the mighty and ravenous Galactus of previous appearances.

 This was the first time I have read anything in the squirrel girl series, and I found it unusual and difficult to process at first. Yet, it has a quirky, unusual set of characters and new views of old characters that will grow on you as you read through the stories.

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